Pedestrian struck, killed by car; Kentucky police looking for hit and run suspect

Published 5:52 am Monday, March 1, 2021

Kentucky police are looking for the driver of a car that struck and killed a woman walking in a crosswalk Saturday evening.

Donna Purcell, 59, was identified as the victim by the Fayette County Coroner’s Office. She was struck while in the crosswalk with the right-of-way. She was transported to a hospital and suffered fatal injuries.

Lexington police officers responded to the accident that occurred around 4:33 p.m. Saturday, February 27, at the intersection of South Broadway and High Street.

Investigators believe the vehicle which struck Purcell fled inbound on South Broadway.  The vehicle was believed to be involved in several vehicle break-ins on the Transylvania Campus earlier the same date.

Investigators are working to identify a suspect, and passengers, driving a gray Chevy Malibu or Cruze, as well as looking for surveillance video from the area.

Anyone with information about this case is asked to contact the Lexington Police Collision Reconstruction Unit by calling (859) 258-3663. Anonymous tips can be submitted to Bluegrass Crime Stoppers by calling (859) 253-2020, online at, or through the P3 tips app available at